Love Dry Embossing?

Image of the Texture Boutique Embossing MachineDo you love the look of dry embossing but don’t like the time it takes? I have the solution for you! Use the Texture Boutique Machine and one of the many Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that Stampin’ Up! sells. There are 22 folders to choose from on pgs. 226 and 227 in the annual catalog and two more in the Occasions catalog.

You put a piece of cardstock or designer series paper in the folder and run it through the Texture Boutique machine. When you are finished, you have a lovely raised design on one side of our paper and the same design debossed on the other side. It is so quick and easy. You can use the Big Shot for embossing but the Texture Boutique machine is much lighter and takes up much less space making it the perfect tool if all you want to do is emboss. It’s smaller size is also perfect to taking along to scrapbook and stamping retreats.

What is even more exciting is that this Weekly Deals give you 15% of on the Texture Boutique machine an selected Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Check them out below. Later this week I will share a couple of ways to use these folders besides just embossing cardstock.

Photo of the weekly deals for week of 1-27-15

Charlie Chaplin punch art


Charlie Chapman punch art using Bow Builder PunchThese little bows made with the Bow Builder Punch (137414) are so darn cute! Our son-in-law has adopted the bow tie as his trademark and recently added a bowler hat to his trademark. This bow reminds me of Joe’s bow ties so I just HAD to come up with this punch art dapper man. He looks like Charlie Chaplin but that wasn’t my original plan. Go ahead….laugh! I know the eyes and nose are funky.

To create this man, I used the third from the smallest Ovals Collection Framelits for the head. I cut out the top of the hat with just one end of the same framelit and straightened the sides slightly. The brim was punched with the Word Window punch. The nose is the wing of the Bird Builder Punch and I used the Fringe Scissors to make his moustache. I sponged a little Blushing Bride ink on his nose, cheeks, and chin to warm up his skin. So there you have it…Charlie Chaplin! I’m sure you can make him a little more artistic and less funky. Click on the items below to order any of the supplies I used.

MDS Monday – Filling Punches with Photos

Digital Scrapbook Page with photo in Thought Bubble Punch

I’m back with another MDS Monday challenge. This time the challenge was to use punches on our project, especially to fill a punch with a photo.

To do this, add a punch to your project and size it as desired. Then click on the  Photo Fill button in the Design Center. Sometimes the photo fits perfectly in the punch but other times the photo is too small like on my page. I might have been able to enlarge the photo so it filled the whole punch but the dots would have looked funny and much of my gret-granddaughter’s face would have been missing.

So what I did was to shrink the photo until it was all displayed by double clicking on the punch once the photo has been added and clicking on the negative magnifying glass. Now there were blank spaces on either side of the photo in the punch. To fix this, I added another Thought Bubble punch and filled it with Beautiful Today Designer Series Paper pattern 6 found in the My Digital Class Beautiful Today  Kit (135913). I shrank the scale of pattern as small as I could and aligned this punch behind the punch with my photo. Be sure to group them when you have them aligned properly. I added two Sprinkled Expressions – heart rows to finish off the page.

Click here to see the challenge sketch and the particulars of the challenge. Then create a project to meet the challenge and post it to the MDS Monday blog. Have fun with adding photos to your punches.

Terrific Tuesday – Watercolored Winter

Digital birthday card with Watercolored Winter KitI used the Watercolored Winter Kit digital download (136678) to create this beautiful card for today’s Terrific Tuesday. Why is it a terrific Tuesday? Because on Tuesdays we get new Weekly Deals and this wonderful kit is on sale this week. The only part of this card that is not from this wonderful kit is the Happy Birthday banner. It is from the Sketched Birthday stamp brush set (136833), I colored the greeting and the stag Soft Suede and the snowflakes Saraha Sand. I love the soft colors of this card and yet it masculine. For more details on the stampbrush sets and to order them for yourself, click on the images below.

Creative Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop. Margaret Raburn nominated me. I am to share one or two projects, anwer four questions about my creativity and then nominate two others to participate.

As Margaret mentioned in her blog post, I do love creating with MDS, Stampin’ Up!’s digital crafting software. So I have created this digital card for you.

Digital greeting card created with Painted Petals stamp brush setI love it when Stampin’ Up! creates a digital version of a traditional stamp set. This card is made with the Painted Petals stamp brush set (138139) which is one of the January new downloads. The traditional Painted Petals stamp set (w 138819, c 138822, photopolymer 137146) is in the new Occasions catalog.  I don’t like leaving the background without texture so I added the Spring Shades Designer Series Paper (120172) – pattern 4 to a square punch. I used the paint tool to color the flowers and leaves.

I am as addicted to traditional stamping as I am to digital design and I absolutely love all the new stamps, papers, and accessories in the new Occasions catalog. It is so difficult for me to be frugal in my purchases when a new catalog comes out and then, once I see what others have created with a stamp set, I often just ‘have to have’ that set too.

hand-stamped greeting card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set

One of my favorite sets from this catalog is the Sheltering Tree set which only comes in photopolymer. Not only is the tree in this set graceful but the set also has a lot of additional things to add to the scene. In this card I cut out my image with a Labels Collection Framelit (125598). The pink floral strip of designer series paper under the greeting is one of the beautiful Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (138635) which you can get for free when you make a $50 of products from me during Sale-a-Bration. I sponged or rather burnished Strawberry Slush ink into the paper. Click on the image below to see all the parts of this wonderful stamp set and order it for yourself.

Now on to the questions about my creativity.
1.  What are you working on now?
This year I decided to go to Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership so I have been working on a swap I joined with the SUDSOL group. I love the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies and am using them on the card. I’m finding that gluing them down on 40 cards is rather time consuming!

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?
    I find that my style is mostly simple and elegant. While I can create a fussy card, I prefer cards that highlight an image with minimal embellishments. My go-to embellishment is ribbon. I also love cards that are interactive, that are pop-ups, cards in a box, etc.

3.  Why do you create what you do?
     I find that I am usually creating at the last minute for a specific person. While I know that when I buy a Hallmark card, it wasn’t created for a specific person but when I stamp a card, I want to stamp a new card for each person. I also love to knit but stamping gives me the instant gratification I desire. I love seeing the results of my creativity in a matter of minutes.

4.  How does your creative process work?
     I start with a specific need like maybe a birthday card or sympathy card or to join a challenge. Then I choose a stamp set that works with that need and choose the colors I will use. Sometimes the colors are determined by the colors in the designer series paper I am using. Since the process is a creative one, it often evolves as I go along and the end result is different than what I initially imagined. Once in a while the end result is God inspired.

To continue the fun and creativity of this blog hop going, I have nominated Donna Bagwell and Leonie Schroeder!  I met Donna when we went to the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog Reveals together. Donna is from Sand Point, Idaho, and drove over with her husband. Ron drove me down to Seattle to the reveal and we shared dinner with Donna and John after the event. I have known Leonie through a couple of online demonstrator groups and hope to meet her in person some day. She lives in Australia and I think it is so cool to have international friends. Donna and Leonie will be posting their blog hop post on Monday, January 19 but you can see their blogs now by clicking on their full names above. Thanks ladies for agreeing to participate.

Brrr…It’s Cold!

This card is for all you east of the Rocky Mountains who are shivering with the extremely cold weather.

Handmade winter card using the pansy punch and Snowflake card Thiniits DiesIsn’t this just the cutest snowman? This darling snowman created from the Pansy Punch has been circulating on Pinterest and several blogs. Here is the link to a post by a German Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who I think is the originator of this cute little snowman.

On her blog post she shares this photo of how she made the snowman. Thanks so much for sharing.

Photo of how to make snowman from Pansy punchThe snowflakes and words were die-cut from Silver and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper using the now retired Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies. You could easily stamp a greeting on your card instead of adding the die-cuts.

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Terrific Tuesday – Painted Petals

Digital Greeting Card created with Painted Petals stamp brush setPainted Petals stamp brush set (138139) is one of the three January new downloads. I absolutely love this set and have been debating ordering it from the new Occasions catalog. So I am really excited that Stampin’ Up! gave us a digital version of the stamp. The cool thing about using MDS and digital crafting is that there is instant gratification. I ordered this download this afternoon along with a traditional order. I was able to download this file and create my card immediately. Whoohoo! If you haven’t given MDS a try, I encourage you to do so. I’m here to help you along the way. Just click on the links below to see the downloads I used and order them.

Only two more days!

Year End Closeout HeaderYou have only two more days to take advantage of the Year-end Closeouts. Jan 5 is the last day to order from this sale. Already many items have sold out so check out what is left and place your order in the next two days. Some of the items may remain in the Clearance Rack and some may be temporarily retired to be put back in the Clearance Rack at another time. But why take the chance? Order now!

We will be saying goodbye to most of the wonderful products in the Holiday catalog but that means we will be saying hello to a wonderful new Occasions catalog. Beginning Jan 6 you will be able to order from it. What is really cool is that Jan 6 also begins Sale-a-Bration! What is Sale-a-Bration you ask? During Sale-a-Bration you get to choose a free item from the Sale-a-Bration mini catalog for every $50 you spend in product. There are some beautiful stamps and products exclusive to this mini catalog which will be only available through March 31.

This is a great time to be a hostess as well. When your workshop sales are $250 or more, you get an additional $25 in host benefits. My calendar is filling up quickly so contact me to schedule your party. You can even hold a virtual party. I will give you a hostess code to give to your friends and family members both near and far. They place an online order through my online store using the hostess code. Their orders will be shipped directly to them and YOU get the credit of the dollar amount of their order. Just think, you don’t have to do anything but get them to order. Then I place your order for you and you get the hostess benefits. How easy is that! Give me a call today.

There is a third way to win during Sale-a-Bration. Start your own paper-crafting business as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator on my team. Not only will you get the $125 worth of product for the $99 starter kit but you will also get your choice of either a free project kit from the Occasions catalog or 2 free Sale-a-Bration items. That is in addition to the great support and training I give you to give you a great start to your business. For more information about being a demonstrator call me and click here.

How To Organize Christmas Photos

Stack of PhotosDoes your stack of Christmas photos you took this year look like this? Read more to learn how to organize them and get them in a scrapbook!

  1. Gather all the photos together
  2. Weed out the ones that are out of focus or where the lighting is too dark.
  3. Where there are multiple shots of the same setting (like a family group shot), choose the best one as far as the expressions on the faces. Set the others aside.
  4. Crop out unwanted elements like someone’s hand appearing at the edge of the photo. If you have a photo with the focal point in the center and lots of extraneous things on the sides, you might want to crop the photo down to just the focal image. This would be also important if the focal image is not centered and the bulk of the photo is not needed for telling the story.
  5. Decide if you want the photos displayed chronologically or by family/individual grouping and group them.
  6. Start putting the photos in your scrapbook. You can do traditional scrapbooking with adding embellishments, Project Life by Stampin’ Up! scrapbooking, or scan your photos into your computer if they aren’t already on the computer and do digital scrapbooking. If you choose to do Project Life style, you can put photos that are smaller than the pockets onto cardstock that has been cut to the needed size. You can also add embellishments to the pages and photos when doing Project Life style scrapbooking.
  7. Add journaling to your pages to record the reasons for the photos and the feelings that go with them.

This is also Terrific Tuesday and we have some new terrific Weekly Deals for you. Check them out by clicking on the photo below and be sure to order those you are interested in while they are 15% discounted. The prices will go back up next Tuesday.

 Stampin' Up!'s Weekly Deals for week of 12-29-14